Genital Herpes - Home Treatment
To reduce discomfort from herpes sores:
- Take warm
sitz baths or wash the area with warm water 3 or 4
times a day.
- In between sitz baths, keep the sores clean and
- Using a hair dryer to dry off the sores may be more
comfortable than using a towel.
- Wear cotton underpants, which
absorb moisture better than those made from synthetic material.
Nonprescription medicines, such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil), may reduce
the pain and fever from genital herpes.
To lower the risk of
recurrent outbreaks, reduce or avoid things that trigger outbreaks, such as
fatigue, stress, overexposure to sun, and irritation of the genital area.
Coping with your feelings
Finding out that you have genital herpes may cause you to
have negative thoughts or feelings about yourself or about sex, such as:
- Feeling ashamed or
- Being afraid of the consequences of the
- Being angry at the person who infected
- Feeling frustrated with treatment or recurrent
- Feeling scared to have sex.
A counselor or support groups for people with herpes may be